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Laurie Balmuth
Orchid Leaf
2006
Ink on paper

30 x 24 inches
One of a series of ink drawings in the Chinese style

Columbia Center for the Arts
From the series: Ink and Brush studies

I have been working for several years with the help of Chinese master artist Gong Yi Wang. I am not a Chinese speaker but have assimilated much of the Chinese calligraphic style and method. I understand Chinese calligraphy as a pure abstract form having the capacity within it for free expression of the  artist's inner energy. The calligraphic brush habit then extends to drawing in an often surprising way.





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